The Spring Collection from Powertex UK is a range of mixed media art and craft supplies perfect for use with Powertex Universal Medium. Powertex is a fabric hardener, paint and adhesive and comes in a range of colours and these supplies are chosen to work brilliantly with the Powertex product range.
Choose from fabric florals, silicone moulds, printed rice papers, nature inspired textures and mdf shapes for Powertex projects to welcome in the Spring.
Remember Powertex Universal Medium and Easy Varnish make it easy to create projects for outside too. Just allow 3 weeks curing time for Powertex and use Easy Varnish to protect your colours.
Use Stone Art clay mixture or air drying clay with the silicone moulds for brilliant detail in your embellishments. The beautiful fabric flowers are perfect for use with fabric hardener, because they can be shaped before setting into position and hardening. Great for curved surfaces such as bottles or polystyrene rings.
Include bees, hares, flowers or leaves for nature inspired projects. Use fabric texture packs to create natural textures and interest.
For your base try a polystyrene ring or mdf frame such as the hexagonal art board. If you love to carve out some unusual textures and shapes give the craft foam a try.
See the full Spring Collection at Powertex UK and there’s 10% off until 22nd March for the Mother’s Day promotion.
It’s time to “Bee Creative” for this month’s Powertex UK prize challenge. The theme this month is buzzing so get busy and inspired with these Bee projects from Powertex tutors.
Whether you want to create a bee sculpture or use the Bee mould or MDF shapes in a mixed media art or sculpt your own from fabric or Stone Art clay, there’s lots of possibilities for your supplies. Include at least one bee to enter your project. Hexagons, flowers, leaves and natural textures will all work brilliantly, just add your favourite colours in pigments, paints or Bister for a really organic finish.
‘Busy bees bumbled all around
The twisted ivy covered ground
Honeycomb oozes with golden treasure
Sounds of buzzing is pure pleasure’
The limited edition March Secret Art Box also has a bee theme and a few boxes are still available but bee quick!
To enter your project, post your photo into the March photo album at The Powertex Studio on Facebook. One lucky UK winner will receive a prize and the entries will be featured here in the online magazine and on our social media pages.
Read more about the terms of the challenge here in the magazine or take a look at last month’s amazing entries. Congratulations to Jenny Shepherd for her brilliantly detailed mixed media Steampunk art in February.
Hi, it’s Kore here. I love the new mdf frame and cow skull mould that were featured on the Hochanda tv shows in September. I had Easy Structure, Aqua and Egg Yolk acrylic inks and Copper Penny metallic ink in my kit to make my sample. The Copper Penny ink is absolutely gorgeous! Here’s how I made my Cow skull and Copper art.
If you bought these products you can follow along or get inspired to create your own art.
Slot the pieces together using Ivory Powertex as glue. Then paint the whole thing with Ivory.
Use the Easy Structure to create a rough texture over the frame. I used a plastic palette knife to scrape it down the surfaces.
TOP TIP: An old credit card works well but don’t smooth out the paste too much.
Prepare your pieces
Make some clay with Ivory Powertex and Stone Art to use in the mould and make your skull and flowers. Coat pieces of paperdecoration with Ivory and dry on a craft mat or plastic bag.
TOP TIP: I turned the horns on my skull forwards while the clay was wet.
Spray with inks
Generously spray the inks onto the frame. I sprayed the wet inks into each other which is why my frame looks more green and blue.
Add more texture
Next Paperdecoration adds more texture. I took the small pieces and glued these into place with Ivory Powertex. Then gave another spritz with the inks. Leave to dry.
Paint your dry paperdecoration and flowers with Copper Penny acrylic ink. I used Aqua ink to colour the cow skull piece but you could use the copper ink for that too.
TOP TIP: Make sure both sides are coated.
Add your layers when the inks are dry. Glue your pieces into place with Ivory Powertex.
TOP TIP: If your pieces aren’t connecting very well, use pieces of tissue in Powertex to fill the gaps.
When your pieces are glued into place with Powertex you can add any details with the Copper Ink. I painted the horns on the skull and added some Copper splashes on the frame with a paintbrush. I later added Copper ink on the edge of the frame too.
Thank you for taking a look at my Powertex Cow skull and copper art. Donna has also used this mould for her art but with very different results.
The brief for this article was to recreate a piece by one of the other DT members. I pondered long about this looking at previous blogs. Then I was inspired by Shell North, she did a rather beautiful dream catcher. Me being me of course it was not going to be light and elegant as Shell’s oh no, we are taking a walk on the dark side.
I started by collecting all the materials and items I would need to work on my project.
I coated it all with black Powertex first and fixed the skull to the dream catcher. I sliced it in half and using Easy Structure texture paste, fixed the skull back together. Fixing it either side of the centre hole of the dreamcatcher, makes it look as if it’s pushing through. Definitely looking spooky at this stage.
Using paper decoration, I had soaked in Powertex I arranged it around the skull and pushed the skull beads in. I liked the look of this.
I added a few foam roses I had around the large centre skull and tucked some black feathers in behind. Sprinkle some sand and balls to add extra texture, we can never have to much texture can we?
I left it to dry overnight before getting onto the dry brushing. A wonderful stage where you see all of that yummy texture coming to life. I used silver Colourtrix keeping it simple, that’s the beauty of this stage you can add as much or as little colour you wish, its all personal taste.
The final touch was to add black ribbon to hang on the hearts and my remaining skull beads.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog and are inspired. Create a unique dreamcatcher of your own, it could be light and delicate like Shell North’s, on the dark side or anywhere in between. I usually work on the dark side but I do also splash the colour at times.
The acrylic inks are on special offer in October with 10% off to celebrate Tracey’s birthday. The gorgeous colours available are Raspberry, Aqua, Palm, Viola, Egg yolk, Tangerine, Deep sea, Lava and Damson. There’s also 5 metallic inks in Aqua, Golden, Copper penny, Silver sixpence and Coral pearl.
Shop now to take advantage of this offer. If you have any questions about using the acrylic inks you can always head to the Powertex Studio Facebook group for advice.
This month’s Secret Art Box theme was Halloween inspired and was packed full of wonderful spooky contents. Including an MDF panel, MDF elements with skulls, tombstones and spiders webs, a spooky stencil, rice paper, large balls, a texture pack, charms, skeleton leaves, plaster skull heads, pigments and varnish. A Powertex spooktacular!
I decided I would construct my panel “inside out”. Instead of a flat surface, I created an inset frame. Glue with the Black Powertex Universal Medium included in this month’s box.
With Powertex Easy Structure, which is a smooth paste, stencil the design around the outside of the panel, repeating on each corner.
Next I decided on which mdf pieces I wanted to use on this project. There are lots, so I have plenty left for more spooky projects. I painted the panel and the elements in the black Powertex.
Coat the texture fabric and draped it across the corners of the panel, allowing it to look like spiders webs. Make a pumpkin using an MDF shape and add Stone Art clay to give it the curved shape.
Everything was coated in the black Powertex and allowed to dry thoroughly.
TOP TIP: I’ve added extra MDF elements I had in my stash.
Once dry, I dry brushed the entire piece with ivory Powertex which gives definition to all the texture and starts to make everything look like its covered in cobwebs and aged.
Add colour with Plum Pudding acrylic paint in some areas. Use the Ultramarine blue pigment and the Interference lilac pigment to emphasise these.
TOP TIP: Add a touch of orange marmalade acrylic paint on the pumpkin!
Dry brushing everything gives a pop of colour. Mix powder pigments with Easy Varnish. Load your brush with colour and then wipe most of it off on a piece of kitchen roll before applying in broad flat strokes. This really does give the best effect and the colour can be built up to achieve the best results.
Here is the finished piece, it’s a very different style for me, but I loved working with the spooky elements, have lots left to create more projects. Some of these materials are also available separately at Powertex UK.
The story behind my Powertex dreamcatcher. I will always have a bit of a soft spot for dream catchers. When my daughter was young she suffered awfully from night terrors.
We tried many techniques to get her to have a peaceful
night, and spoke to many professionals as well.
One of the things we tried, hoping that it would help her even if just a
through a placebo effect was a dream catcher.
I’d be lying if I said she slept perfectly once we hung up her dream catcher. The thought of it catching those bad dreams and holding them at bay definitely had a calming effect on her before she closed her eyes at bedtime to go to sleep.
Thankfully those days are long behind us now, and my daughter is now a young woman. But she has seen the dream catcher shown here and I know this is something she would still hang up in her bedroom or living room.
For this dream catcher I used the gorgeous ink sprays now available from Powertex UK. I just love how vibrant and easy to use these are, and how they automatically blend into each other to create almost an air brushed effect.
I soaked some crochet in the Ivory Hardener and secured it into the mdf circles. Once dry, I sprayed with my inks and added flowers
Glue the pieces together
Glue the dream catcher into place and add feathers to the design.
Finally I dry brushed my whole piece using the interference pigments and the white Powercolor.
The interference colours were gorgeous to use with this project, as I honestly do think they have a dreamy quality to them. I also used a sponge to add just a touch of the aqua ink to the tips of the feathers. I felt they needed something extra to help them blend in.
TOP TIP: I was slightly concerned about the dream catcher adhering to the square, but found by putting glue on both the top of the dream catcher, and also the larger feathers it secured on nicely.
That’s all from me for this month. If you’ve enjoyed this Powertex dreamcatcher, I would be really grateful if you popped over to check out my Facebook page as well. You can also see my last design team project that’s great for Halloween.
Hi this is Kore and this month I got my hands on my first Powertex Secret Art Box! I was really surprised how much was packed into the box and the sample sizes of Powertex products are perfect. It was full of gorgeous things and I used just a few of the items to make this Venetian mask.
I loved the colours chosen for this box, Plum acrylic paint, Turquoise and Berry pigments which look beautiful together. There is lots left for future creations too. I think this would be a great way to try Powertex Fabric Hardener for the first time or build up your supplies. The themed box is a great starting point if you’re stuck for an idea.
I worked on the large mdf mask in the box to create a wall art. I’ll make the second mask to hang with it too.
This month’s Powertex Secret Art Box was full of wonderful Venetian Carnival themes and there was so much to play with. From the gorgeous lace and MDF masks to the Venice themed rice paper and the Fleur de Lys mould from ArtyCo. I couldn’t wait to get creating my Venetian carnival canvas.
I’ve been to Venice twice and think it is a beautiful city, so wanted to recreate the beauty and also the aged feel of the buildings with my piece. An 8 inch box canvas was the perfect size to create my mini work of art.
Additional materials used:
8 inch box canvas
Powertex Easy Coat Mat
Blue and Brown Bister sprays
Powertex pigments in Violet Valentine, Clear gold and Silver
How to create your Venetian Carnival Canvas
I painted the canvas with Easy Coat Mat and stuck the paper in position making sure I painted more over the image to help it adhere and protect the surface.
A great tip is to wet around the edge of the image you want on the paper with a wet paintbrush. The paper will tear easily and give a textured edge.
Next I created more texture on the canvas by mixing the Easy 3D flex, included in this month’s box, with the white Powertex, also in this month’s box. Mix it until the clay spreads easily. Apply with a palette knife to the top and bottom corners to give the Italian stucco plaster effect.
You could allow this to dry naturally but I sped up the process with a hairdryer. This gives a lovely bubbly texture.
Using the white Powertex I painted the large mask. Dip the lace pieces in Powertex, making sure they are covered but not saturated.
I worked on the large MDF mask using the various lace pieces included in the kit, and the MDF flourish and moulded flourish. Use White Powertex to stick it to the canvas.
I created an air dry clay fleur de lys from the Artyco mould and added to the canvas.
I removed the Venice wording from the MDF carrier sheet and used the negative image on the canvas.
Ensuring it was coated in the Powertex and then adding embellishments from my own stash of paper flowers, corners and charms.
When completely dry, I sprayed it liberally with blue and brown bister. Don’t panic if you feel you’ve sprayed too much bister, you can wipe it back so it’s not so dark.
Allow this to dry thoroughly, before you highlight the piece with dry brushing.
Finally once this was dry I could use my Pearl Red Pigment, Turquoise pigment and the Plum Pudding Acrylic Paint and varnish included in the kit.
This is where the piece comes to life, as you dry brush each area of detail and see all the texture emerge.
I also used violet valentine pearl pigment, clear gold and silver pigments from my stash.
Use a tiny amount of varnish, about the size of a 5p, and dip your brush into the varnish then lightly into your pigment. Work this on your brush and then take the excess of colour off on a cloth or kitchen paper before lightly stroking the brush across your work. The art of dry brushing is a dry brush, light strokes and build up the colour.
Tags are really popular in the crafting world at the moment. For my stormy sea tag, I’m using the A5 tag from Powertex UK. They are great quality to work with, whatever your style of crafting.
Don’t you just love the fact that we all have our own individual style? Obviously style evolves as we experiment and learn new techniques. My own style I would describe as rather haphazard. I’ve never been one for over thinking a project.
Once many years ago an art tutor declared my work to be very ‘organic’. Initially I wasn’t quite sure how to take this, but I think I know what she was getting at. As an artist I like to allow my paint, Powertex, or whatever medium I’m using to have a life of it’s own. You could say I’m a ‘go with the flow’ kind of a girl.
Go With The Flow
What do I mean by ‘go with the flow?’ Well, according to the artist Jenny Holzer “Going with the flow is soothing but risky.” I find it soothing to allow Powertex to take on a life of it’s own. I also love the sense of risk, the excitement of never quite knowing what I will end up with.
That could be why I love stormy seascapes. How wonderful that everyone’s storm will end up slightly different.
Sponge Powertex White over MDF pieces and set aside to dry.
2: Blue Bister
Spray Powertex Ready Mixed Blue Bister on the top third of the tag. Use a damp sponge wipe away spaces for the clouds.
3: Adding fabric strips
Soak denim strips in transparent hardener to for sections of the lighthouse and paint the top. A blast of ready mixed black bister gives a rugged effect.
4: Pouring Powertex
Fun Time! Pour blue fabric hardener with smidgeon of white for the wave. Whilst still wet spray with green bister and blast with dryer for movement and crackles.
5: Place the lighthouse
Place the lighthouse into position. Almost there now, just a couple of final touches and your picture will be complete.
6: Adding texture
Steel grey pigment with some easy structure paste create a rock for the lighthouse to stand on, and 3D Sand with Yellow Ochre Powertex form a shoreline. If you wish to add a few more wild white touches with a pallet knife, go for it.
Although this is only A5 in size, I think it packs a punch. As I stated above, this was very much a ‘go with the flow’ project.
Of course does help to have a rough idea of composition to keep the image interesting. Being a fan of the so called rule of thirds so, I placed my focal point (the lighthouse) to the left of the scene.
I also roughly directed the white foam on the wave to guide the eye up towards my focal point.
Please do post photos of your own stormy sea tags over on the Powertex Facebook Page, we love seeing what you create. Also feel free to leave any comments on here.
I’m the Powertex tutor for Southampton, so if you are interested in a workshop please pop over to my website where details can be found on the blog section. More info on Jenny Holzer can be found here.
That’s all from me for now folks. Keep on going with the flow and see you next month.